Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York

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Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York
Sheila Levine poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Produced by Harry Korshak
Screenplay by Kenny Solms
Based on Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York 
by Gail Parent
Starring Roy Scheider
Jeannie Berlin
Rebecca Dianna Smith
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Edited by Argyle Nelson Jr.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 16 May 1975 (USA)
Running time 113 min.
Country United States
Language English

Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York is a 1975 film directed by Sidney J. Furie. The film was written by Kenny Solms, based on the novel by Gail Parent. The film was shot on location in New York City.[1]


"Sheila Levine is every single girl who has had to attend her younger sister's wedding."


Painfully shy Sheila Levine moves from Pennsylvania to New York City where she shares an apartment with an extroverted, socially active roommate. When Sheila goes to a nightclub with her roommate, she meets Sam, a doctor who is looking for a one-night stand. She is very attracted to Sam, but he is interested in her vivacious roommate. Sheila goes back to Pennsylvania for a while and then returns to New York City with the intent of winning Sam over, but finds that he and her roommate are engaged.


Actor Role
Jeannie Berlin Sheila Levine
Roy Scheider Sam Stoneman
Rebecca Dianna Smith Kate
Janet Brandt Bernice
Sid Melton Mannie
Charles Woolf Wally
Leda Rogers Agatha
Jack Bernardi Uncle Herm

Critical reception[edit]

Vincent Canby of The New York Times did not care for the film although he liked the novel on which the film was based:

Despite an advertising campaign featuring a poster with the quote "Jeannie Berlin triumphs!" from one film critic, the movie is given a BOMB rating in Leonard Maltin's annual guide to movies ratings book, panned with the sentence, "Dead is right."


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